Batman at the Checkpoint

Germany, 2012, Colour, 10 min

An Israeli car and a Palestinian car are stuck in traffic in front of a barricade at the entrance of Jerusalem, coming from the Dead Sea. Yuval and Mahmoud, both two six-year-old boys, find that it's much more fun to pass the time playing with one another. But when Mahmoud's father tries to cut into the other's lane, Yuval's father bumps into his car in an attempt to prevent him, and things start to get complicated. What began as a game becomes an outright battle for a plastic Batman doll.

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Born in Israel in 1981, Rafael graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film School, Jerusalem in 2010. Today, Rafael teaches film in Tel Aviv. He participated at the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2008, 2011 and 2012. Recently Rafael was invited to the TIFF Directors Talent Lab. Rafael has also written and directed 13 shorts which have shown in numerous international film festivals. His latest, Batman at the Checkpoint, won the Berlin Today Award at the 62nd Berlinale. Rafael is currently working on a feature documentary developed at the Greenhouse - A Development Program for Documentary Filmmaker and writing the Money a feature fiction film.
Berlin Today Award - Berlinale 2012. UK Jewish FF, London 2012. 20MIN|MAX IShFF Ingolstad, Germany 2013. Washington Jewish FF 2013. Atlanta Jewish FF 2013.

Rafael Balulu
Aoranim 9a Apartment 6
18326, Afula, Israel


18.08, 12:00, Shtëpia e Kultures




Rafael Balulu


Ruth Ersfeld


Moshe Mishali


Yuval Halpern


Mirja Gerle, Clemens Walter


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